An Open Letter To Robin Roberts

From watching you on TV as a child to becoming a broadcast journalism major. You helped me decide what I wanted to be.

Dear Robin Roberts,

I remember every morning, I had to wake up super early for school and as I walked around the house getting ready, I could hear the Good Morning America intro followed by your voice opening up the show. At the time, I didn’t know that I wanted to be a pop culture host, but I knew I was meant to do something different because I was different. I was the performer kid who was an over-the-top, girly girl with a big, dramatic personality. You were different too (in a great way). Just seeing you on TV, you had this humble, kind spirit which I found so fun to watch.

Your differences were what made me so fascinated and inspired by your career. When I would pass through my mom’s room in the mornings to get things, she would tell me to watch you and that you were her favorite journalist. I enjoyed watching Good Morning America so much that you all became a part of my morning routine. I thought you had the coolest job ever and though I didn’t know what I wanted to do yet, I remember thinking that I would love doing what you do, even if I had to wake up early! At the time, I didn’t think it was possible, or that I could actually be on television one day doing something that I loved.

Fast forward to attending college, I decided to be a broadcast journalism major. I attend a very experience-based university so by my Sophomore year, I was out in the community reporting stories on all sorts of topics. I was this soft-voiced student who thought nobody really took me seriously. My professor one day asked who was a journalist that I looked up to and I said you. I remembered how you could always command an interview with such poise, grace, strength, and fearlessness. You had a fun-loving personality and whenever you conducted interviews, it was like the world stopped to tune in. The world knows if you’re reporting a story or conducting an interview, it was going to be nothing less than amazing. From that moment on, I told myself that I would use this small voice to make big strides and make a mark on my university and one day the world. As I am two months away from graduating college, I thank you.

Thank you for your strength, your honesty, and for being an inspiration to me. You’ve overcome health struggles and come back stronger. Through your work, thank you for encouraging me and pushing me when being a reporter got tough. Thank you for letting me know that I could do it! I could be everything that I’ve dreamt of being.


Stephanie Joseph

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Stephanie Jospeh

Stephanie Joseph is from Rancho Cucamonga, California, and attends the University of La Verne. She is pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism and hopes to become a pop culture news host one day. Her favorite topic to write about is all things reality tv, especially the Real Housewives.